Twins sign ex-Yankees IF Doug Bernier

02/08/2013 2:14 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Minnesota Twins signed infielder Doug Bernier to a Minor League contract earlier this week, ending Bernier’s second stint in the Yankees system.

Now 32, Bernier first signed with the Yankees as a Minor League free agent prior to the 2009 season and hit .181 in 79 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while playing second base, third base, and shortstop. After spending 2010 in the Pirates organization, he signed with the Yankees once again, spending 2011 and 2012 at Triple-A as a utility infielder.

Bernier made some noise last spring by hitting .361 in 36 at-bats for the Yankees, but was limited to just 58 games at Triple-A and hit .201 in 174 at-bats.

Originally signed by the Rockies as an undrafted free agent in 2002, Bernier has spent nearly his entire career in the Minor Leagues, playing for the Rockies, Pirates, and Yankees; his lone call-up to the Majors came in June 2008, when he was 0-for-4 over two games for the Rockies.

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